Sitting on the floor, opening the crate and resting my hand at the door’s edge, I offered tiny treats in my palm, speaking to him gently and calmly. I sat there as I’d done many times before as a rescue volunteer. He’d cautiously approach and sniff from a distance, retreating again and again to the bars behind.
Then one morning, with the crate door open, not offering anything, not speaking and momentarily distracted, he willingly came toward me. I slowly reached in and petted him under his chin. As he came further forward, as his body relaxed, I carefully lifted him onto my lap. His shivering stopped and my decision to rescue Roger began.
He’s not very cute. He’s not a breed I wanted. But my heart opened wide to take him in. After a few months at home, he’s house trained, a champion snuggler, comes when called and occasionally plays with toys. He’s a gentle, attentive companion whose sweet natured devotion make him adorable to my loving eyes. And now Roger doesn’t shiver anymore.
ANIMAL RESCUES AND SHELTERS
Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals
Shelter & Loving Care Since 1909
328 Upper Gulph Rd., Radnor
Brandywine Valley SPCA
1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester
Phone: (484) 302-0865
at Doggie Style, 701 Montgomery Avenue, Narberth
Phone: 610-617-3300 or 215-240-1240
Providence Animal Center
555 Sandy Bank Road, Media
Montgomery County SPCA
19 East Ridge Pike, Conshohocken
Main Line Animal Rescue
1149 Pike Springs Road, Phoenixville
To Love a Canine Rescue
PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society)
100 North 2nd Street (at Arch), Philadelphia